A piece of or the entire

tumour is removed
Scientists isolate the
white blood cells that
specifically attack the
tumour cells that
harbour HPV proteins
These white blood cells
are grown in a laboratory
until there are billions of them
The patient undergoes a week of chemotherapy using the
drugs cyclophosphamide and fludarabine to prepare the
immune system to accept the white blood cells
The HPV-targeted adoptive cells are intravenously fed back
into the patient’s body
After the infusion, the patient receives a drug called
aldesleukin for up to five days to boost the immune system’s
response to the white blood cells
Turning tumours into cures
Here’s how US scientists are using cervical cancer patients’ own
tumours to halt the spread of the potentially fatal disease:
Cervix
Ovary
Cancer
of cervix
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